Introduction To Motorbikes
There are currently in 2016 over 1.2 million licensed motorbikes in the UK. The number of riders is much higher especially when you consider those who have stopped riding due to health or other issues.
A percentage of riders are those who only ride motorbikes and do not own a car. This is their preferred form of travel because it is something they are passionate about. Some motorbikers use this type of travelling for convenience to navigate through the evermore congested roads in UK which saves them time and money.
Did you know that 1% of the traffic on UK roads consist of motorcyclists? Yet, they account for over 18% of accidents that result in death or a serious injury.
Motorbikes are nowadays often seen as a fun and exciting way to travel and many find it much more unhampered than driving a car. This is apparent in the rising number of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds on the road.
Although, being a motorcyclist can be exhilarating and has its benefits, the risk of a serious injury in an accident is rather high. It is clearly linked to the fact that a motorbike does not have a cage around the occupants, similar to a car, to protect them. Motorbike riders are plausibly 40 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed in an accident than an occupant in a car.
Tips to Avoid a Motorbike Accident
You need to be alert especially at roundabouts and junctions. Always try to anticipate what other road users are likely to do. Remember to take a glance over your shoulder before executing a manoeuvre.
Using dipped headlights day and night will ensure that you can be seen and prevent an accident. Try to wear bright clothing or fluorescent type of clothing to increase the chances of someone seeing you on the road.
The safest place on the road is usually the centre of the lane. For a motorbiker it allows plenty of space on either side to avoid trouble and shows your authority of the road.
Many motorcycle accidents happen due to incorrect overtaking manoeuvres. Observe the road ahead carefully before attempting to overtake and always avoid overtaking on a bend or near a potential hazard.
Keeping to a sensible speed will allow you to anticipate the need to slow down and stop if you spot a threat ahead in the road. See our other tips to prevent a road accident which gives a little more detail on traffic laws.
Research has shown that bad weather conditions can cause accidents whether in a car or on a motorbike. Be aware and slow down where necessary.
Protection For Motorbike Riders
As a motorcyclist, wearing the right sort clothing to protect you can make a huge difference if you are involved in a motorbike accident.
A helmet is compulsory for a motorcyclist. A high visibility helmet is better than a dark helmet to get noticed on the road. It is highly recommended to purchase an approved safety helmet which fits your head correctly. Always replace your safety helmet if it becomes damaged or receives a substantial impact.
Tinted visors are controversial; however it is best avoided to provide you with a clearer view of the road and the dangers ahead.
Wearing CE marked compliant clothing is intended to protect you as much as possible in case of an accident. A specific motorbike jacket, trousers and a pair of sturdy motorcycle boots are a must to offer some resistance and reduce friction burns from a nasty fall in an accident.
Injury Solicitors For Motorbike Accident Claims
What we guarantee to offer is 100% compensation of what you are happy to settle for and nothing less. We do not deduct anything from your award like many solicitors firm are entitled to.
With many years of experience in motorbike accident claims between us, we also have the extensive knowledge from our other legal departments to assist in more complicated circumstantial injuries.
Claiming Compensation For A Motorcycle Accident
Initially, we ask that you contact us at 100 Percent Claims and tell us what happened in your motorbike accident. If required, we will liaise with the Police to obtain evidence to support your injury claim. We may also contact any witnesses to secure a strong liability in your favour.
Remember that there is a three years’ time limit to pursue a personal injury claim for a motorbike accident and we recommend taking action soon to give you an edge in collecting evidence that is more effective taken promptly after an accident. This is will secure a better compensation amount for you. So give us a call on 0800 612 7735 or submit our online forms to begin a motorbike accident claim.